Academy for Community Entrepreneurs (ACE) instills the foundations of successful entrepreneur development including strategic business planning, marketing, and resource management. ACE is a Central Community House initiative to help budding or existing entrepreneurs overcome the challenges to small business success. It is a collaborative endeavor, bringing together the best industry experts Columbus has to offer.


Entrepreneurship courses will be taught by Deonna Barnett of Aventi Enterprises. Susan Colbert of the OSU Extension will teach money management modules. Creative industry networking and expertise will be offered by Central’s Jackie Calderone, Director of Transit Arts. Access to capital resources will be provided by the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI). 


All ACE orientations are being conducted online via Zoom. Sign up here for an upcoming orientation.

ACE Orientations

Tuesday Jan. 5th 6:00-7:00 pm. 

Thursday Jan. 21st 10:00-11:00 am

Tuesday Feb. 2th 6:00-7:30 pm.

Thursday Feb. 18th 10:00-11:00 am.

Tuesday March 2nd 6:00-7:00 pm.

Tuesday April 6th 6:00-7:00 pm.

Thursday May 6th 10:00-11:00 pm.

Thursday June 10th 10:00-11:00 pm.

Tuesday July 13th 10:00-11:00 am. 

Tuesday Aug. 3th 6:00-7:00 pm.

Thursday Sept. 9th 6:00-7:00 pm

Tuesday Oct. 12th 6:00-7:00 pm. 

Thursday Nov. 4th 10:00-11:00 am. 

Tuesday Dec. 7th 6:00-7:00 pm


Business Planning Cohorts

Spring Cohort 1- Every other Saturday Morning for 6 weeks 

March 6th to May 15th 10:00am-12:00pm.

Fall Cohort 2-  Every other Tuesday Evening for 6 weeks

Aug. 3rd to Oct. 12th 6:00-8:00 pm.


Access to Capital

Wednesday, April 28th 6:00-8:00 PM

Thursday, July 15th 6:00-8:00 PM

Thursday, September 16th 6:00-8:00 PM

Wednesday, October 13th 6:00-8:00 PM


Business Finance Workshops

Saturday, February 20th and February 27th 10:00 am-2:00 pm Sign up here

Saturday, July 24th and July 31st 10:00 am-2:00 pm Sign up here

Saturday, Oct. 23rd and Oct. 30th 10:00 am-2:00 pm Sign up here


ACE Events/ Workshop (speakers to be announced)

January 26th   6:00 – 8:00 pm – Business Vision Board with Dr. Tina Diggs


For more information contact: or (614) 560-1705